President Obama won the youth vote, but according to a new report by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), a substantial sector of his youth support came from Latinas.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, whose campaign has succeeded in raising money from different constituencies. (Photo/Getty Images).
BY STEPHEN A. NUŇO
The truth is we need more money in politics. Even with SuperPACs raising over two-hundred million dollars and Mitt Romney and Barack Obama raising over three-hundred millions dollars combined, it’s not nearly enough.
I cannot remember a time in my politically conscious life when Latinos had so few options, yet so much promise. As a group, I cannot decide if Latinos are on the cusp of greatness or the abyss. The only thing I can see that will tip the balance is more money. Sure, money won’t solve all our problems, but as in life, it sure helps.
President Barack Obamaspeaks during a campaign event at the New Amsterdam Theatre, Monday, June 4, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
BY STEPHEN A. NUŇO
The U.S. economy is not only in a recession, but Latinos are in a depression. That is good news for Republicans, and Mitt Romney will make a point to remind Latinos over the next five months that they have every right to feel depressed.
Latinos are overwhelmingly Democrat, yet this loyalty has not borne much fruit over the last twenty years. Who cares if President Obama saved union jobs in Michigan? Who really cares if the bailout was a success because the loans were paid back, as the Democrats argue?
Joe Arpaio (Getty Images/Sandy Huffaker)
In this day and age of tweets, posts and Youtube clips forever etched in history, you would think officials would be more careful with what they let slip out. But in these ten instances, politicians’ and educators’ actions concerning Latinos left many scratching their heads and wondering, “Did they really just say that?”
Civil rights and women’s advocate Dolores Huerta is presented with a Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama at the White House. (Getty Images/Alex Wong)
The Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony on Tuesday was a joyful affair, as honorees were talked up by President Obama and given their medals. But one person wasn’t nearly as jubilant about the inclusion of one of the winners.
Rep. David Rivera, R-Fla., prepares for a television interview in the Cannon rotunda. (CQ Roll Call/Tom Williams)
Florida congressman David Rivera says he introduced the STARS Act – DREAM Act-like legislation minus a controversial pathway to citizenship provision — for young immigrants like Daniela Pelaez, an 18-year-old constituent and valedictorian of her high school class who is also facing deportation proceedings.
BY KRISTIAN RAMOS
Victims of domestic violence do not talk about their plight; their pain though often laid bare to the public in bruises, cuts and lacerations, is often theirs alone to bear. They hide their troubles for as long as they can, until they no longer can. Family members and loved ones are often the catalyst for change, other times the police must step in. Sometimes these tragic ordeals end in death. Immigrant women who are victims of violence are even less likely than the general population to seek help, as is also the case with Native American women. Given what we know about women who are the victim of violence shouldn’t we be doing everything we can to help them?
BY STEPHEN A. NUŇO
Latino Republicans had what you might call a moment of clarity yesterday. In a press brief meant to promote Latino outreach, the Republican Party’s Latino Outreach Director was asked about Mitt Romney’s immigration stance. “As a candidate, to my understanding, he is still deciding what his position on immigration is,” said Bettina Inclan. A truer statement could not have been said.